Monday, November 20, 2006

The Horn of Africa

Bill Roggio analyzes an attack on an Ethiopian convoy ambushed in 'Greater Somalia'. "The Islamic Courts Union has ambushed an Ethiopian military column of 80 vehicles, and killed 6 Ethiopian soldiers and wounded 20. The Islamic courts conducted a sophisticated attack against a professional military, hitting the column with roadside bombs first, then attacking with small arms."

Where is the Line in the Sand? If anything, the Horn of Africa is strategically more expendable than Iraq. One of the really pernicious things about the lack of substantive bipartisan debate on the War on Terror is that there is no clear consensus on what will be defended and to what extent. The question of what signal a "responsible redeployment" sends is not entirely an idle one. For the ICU it may have been like ringing the dinner bell. Did they misunderstand? Or did they understand all too well?


Blogger Kinuachdrach said...

That line in the sand has not been drawn yet -- but let's not kid ourselves: if Democrats in effect retroactively support Saddam Hussein, and if North Korea can pop a nuke with NO appreciable negative consequences, then there is no line.

What would be the consequences of a world in which the US basically turns its back? No more Kosovo interventions, for sure. Lots more Darfurs. Thank goodness that line has not yet been drawn. There is still time.

11/20/2006 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...

Was it something I said that caused my comments to be disabled at the EB?

11/20/2006 05:18:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...

Apparently so.

11/20/2006 05:22:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

allen, what's the EB? I've done nothing that would remotely resemble disabling comments.

11/20/2006 05:23:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...


EB=Elephant Bar

It's a place where lonely BC hearts go to sound off ad infinitum, ad nauseam, saving your space, and limiting complaints to you. Many of your regulars vent there.

By the way, thanks for your work and your site.

It's a crazy world.

11/20/2006 05:53:00 PM  
Blogger desert rat said...

They cut you off, selectively?

11/20/2006 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...


Despite repeated attempts, I have been unable to assist you in the struggle against the Bushites. You have noticed, I notice, that they have avoided answering any question posed forthrightly.

11/20/2006 06:50:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...


We have done Wretchard a disservice. He does not know that the EB is the place where BC ladies and gentlemen go to fall down and, from beneath the bar, continue to make serious, albeit, slurred political commentary.

Wretchard provides the House of Commons. Deuce kindly provides the cigar smoke filled backroom where the movers and shakers operate under the influence of single malt.

11/20/2006 06:58:00 PM  
Blogger desert rat said...

They never do, then habu's blood pressure spikes.
rufus, he goes on blythe spirit, lookin for the next super still.
It's always gonna be huge, and this time he knows the guy.

But even if we reached "independence" world demand will still fund the Mohammedans. There are a lot more years of petro technology out there.

11/20/2006 07:02:00 PM  
Blogger whit said...


You have not been cut off. We can't even do that.

It seems that the Belmont Club and the EB are on somewhat of a meltdown tonight. We're either ahead of the s*!t storm or out of our heads.

I don't think the general public quite knows the implications. Christopher Hitchens has called some Bushies "cut and runners." Other blogs seem to be oblivious to the situation.

11/20/2006 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...


I most certainly have been. Bad form!

11/20/2006 10:02:00 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

Powered by Blogger